Each week, Planetary Radio visits with a scientist, engineer, project manager, astronaut, advocate or writer who provides a unique and exciting perspective on the exploration of our solar system and beyond. We also showcase regular features that raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face. Host Mat Kaplan is joined by Planetary Society colleagues Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bruce Betts, and Emily Lakdawalla. We hit the road now and then to produce a Planetary Radio Live show in front of an audience. Drop us a line or enter the weekly space trivia contest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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11/18/2014 | 28:50
- Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Cassini is safe! Project scientist Linda Spilker returns with a regular update on Saturn, its moons and rings not long after learning that the mission is funded through its 2017 plunge into the planet.
11/11/2014 | 28:50
- Kris Zacny, Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology, Honeybee Robotics
If there’s life on Mars, it’s probably deep beneath the surface. That’s just one reason we need a tool like Planetary Deep Drill on the red planet and other mysterious worlds around our solar system. Honeybee Robotics’ Kris Zacny introduces us to the innovative prototype.
11/04/2014 | 28:50
- John M. Logsdon, Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
It was a terrible, tragic week for commercial space development. Historian and space policy analyst John Logsdon helps up understand the greater meaning of the SpaceShipTwo and Antares disasters on this special edition of Planetary Radio, with additional thoughts from Bill Nye.
10/28/2014 | 28:50
- Sean Solomon, Principal Investigator for MESSENGER, Columbia University
MESSENGER has been orbiting the innermost planet for more than three-and-half-years. Principal Investigator Sean Solomon returns with a status report as the mission enters its final phase.
10/21/2014 | 28:50
- Ilse Cleeves, Ph.D. student, University of Michigan
Ilse Cleeves is lead author of a paper that concludes up to half of our solar system’s water is older than the solar system itself. The implications for life across the galaxy are profound.
10/14/2014 | 28:50
- Debra Fischer, Astronomer, Yale University
- Tyler McCracken, Post-Doctoral Associate, Yale University
It’s terribly hard to find exoplanets that look like our homeworld. The search requires development of astoundingly powerful and precise instruments. That’s the job Debra Fischer and her team have taken on.
10/07/2014 | 28:50
- Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
- Elizabeth Howell, Senior Writer, Universe Today
- Gordon Osinski, NSERC/MDA/CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology, University of Western Ontario
- Jeremy Hansen, Astronaut, Canadian Space Agency
We welcomed 1,600 Canadian space enthusiasts to the University of Toronto for our October 1st celebration of Canada in space! Join Mat Kaplan and Bill Nye with their guests, Canadian space writer Elizabeth Howell, University of Western Ontario planetary scientist Gordon “Oz” Osinski, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen. Bruce Betts appeared via Skype to lead a rousing Random Space Fact cheer on What’s Up.
09/09/2014 | 28:50
- Miguel Alcubierre, Theoretical Physicist, Nuclear Sciences Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Inspired by Star Trek, distinguished physicist Miguel Alcubierre developed the general relativity-based model for warp drive 20 years ago. Hear why he doubts it will ever be a reality, and learn about his current research on gravitational waves.
09/02/2014 | 28:50
- Chris Carberry, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Explore Mars
Explore Mars wants to look for life on the Red Planet. Not past life. Life thriving under the Martian surface right now. Chris Carberry will tell us how the ExoLance project might find it.